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Ahram Online's arts and culture team gives readers two daily recommendations for films to catch at the seventh Panorama of the European Film in Cairo running from 19 till 29 November

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Wednesday 19 November

6.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Germany)


Die AndereHeimat is a beautifully-shot epic family-drama, which focuses with utmost authenticity on the story of ordinary people and their lives. Against the background of rural Germany in the mid-19th century, whole villages suffer from famine and poverty.


Director: Edgar Reitz
Running time: 230 min

Language:German

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:

World Premiere – Venice IFF 2013

Masters – Toronto IFF 2013

Golden LOLA for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay– German Film Awards 2014

Film will also be screened:
Tuesday 25 November at 1pm in Zawya Cinema

Home from Home



6.30pm at Zawya Cinema
Buena Vista Social Club (Germany, UK, France, Cuba, USA)


Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana to reunite them. The result is triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and a resurrection of the musicians' careers. The film is screened within German director Wim Wender's retrospective.

Director: Wim Wenders

Language: English, Spanish

Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:

Nominated for the Oscar of the Best Documentary – Academy Awards 2000

Best Documentary – European Film Awards 1999

Audience Award – Edinburgh IFF 1999

Film will also be screened:
Sunday 23 November at 3.30pm at Galaxty Cinema
Monday 24 November at 10.30am at Galaxy Cinema

Buena Vista



Thursday 20 November

1pm at Zawya Cinema
Human Capital (Italy/France, Opening Film)


Near Lake Como in Italy, two families are linked by the same obsession: money. The rich Bernaschis and the broke real estate agent Dino Robelli, will make a dangerous deal. The day before Christmas, a terrible accident will change their fates.


Director: Paolo Virzi

Language: Italian

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:

7 Awards (included Best Film) and 19 Nominations – David Di Donatello 2014

Best Film – Italian Golden Globes 2014

Best Actress – Tribeca IFF 2014

Film will also be screened:
Monday 24 November at 6.30pm in Galaxy Cinema

Human Capital



6.30pm at Zawya Cinema
The Hunt (Denmark)


Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas has a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of reestablishing his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things go awry. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, a random lie spreads like a virus. The shock and mistrust gets out of hand, and the small community finds itself in a collective state of hysteria.


Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Language: Danish

Subtitles: English



Awards & Screenings:

Danish Entry – Academy Awards 2014

Best Screenwriter – European Film Awards 2014

Best Actor and Ecumenical Jury Award – Cannes IFF 2012

Film will also be screened:
Sunday 23 November at 10.30am at Zawya Cinema
Wednesday 26 November at 9:30pm at Galaxy Cinema

The Hunt



Friday 21 November

6.30pm at Zawya Cinema
Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (Spain)


In 1966 John Lennon comes to Almeria to shoot a movie, "How I Won the War". Paco, who works as an English teacher, decides to meet him. In his travel he is joined by two young ones, Juanjo and Belén. Almería in 1966 will be for the three an unforgettable season at their destinations.


Director: David Trueba

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:

6 Awards (included Best Film) – Goya Awards 2014

Spanish Submission – Academy Awards 2015

Cine Latino Award - Palm Springs IFF 2014

Film will also be screened:
Sunday 23 November at 10.30am in Galaxy Cinema

Living it



9.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Frank (Ireland)


Frank is an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the enigmatic Frank, a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head.


Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Language: English

Subtitles: Arabic

Awards & Screenings:

Official Selection – Sundance IFF 2014

Film also screening:
Thursday 20 November at 9.30pm at Zawya Cinema
Thursday 27 November at 1pm at Zawya Cinema

Frank



Saturday 22 November

10.30am at Zawya Cinema
The 400 Blows (France, 1959, Nadine Khan's selected title)


François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart Antoine Doinel (JP Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers and petty crime. – Criterion Collection


Director: François Truffaut

Language: French

Subtitles: English



Awards & Screenings:

Best Director – Cannes IFF 1959

Nominated Best Screenplay – Academy Awards 1960

Bodil Award for Best Non American Film – Bodil Award 1960

Film also screening:
Monday 24 November at 6.30pm at Zawya Cinema
Tuesday 25 November at 6.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Wednesday 26 November at 1pm at Galaxy Cinema

400 blows



6.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Ida (Poland, Denmark)

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Language: Polish
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
FIPRESCI Award – Toronto IFF 2013
Ecumenical Jury Award – Warsaw IFF 2013
Best Film -London IFF 2013
Eagle for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress - Polish Film Awards 2014

Film also screening:
Sunday 23 November at 9.30pm in Zawya Cinema
Saturday 29 November at 1pm in Galaxy Cinema

Ida



Sunday 23 November

3.30pm at Zawya Cinema
Stop-over (Switzerland, France)


In the course of long months spent with a group of Iranians living illegally in Athens, the director examines the radical choice of pursuing a better life through the most dangerous of possibilities: an underground existence.

Director: Kaveh Bakhtiari

Language: Persian, French

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:

AQCC Award – Montreal New Cinema Festival 2013

Talent Dove Award -Dok Leipzig IFF 2013

Special Jury Prize - Namur IFF 2013

Film also screening:
Monday 24 November at 3.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Tuesday 25 November at 1pm at Galaxy Cinema

Stop-over
Stop-Over still



9.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
71' (United Kingdom)


A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.


Director: Yann Demange

Language: English

Subtitles: Arabic



Awards & Screenings:

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Special Mention – Berlin IFF 2014

Film also screening:
Tuesday 25 November at 6.30pm at Zawya Cinema
Thursday 27 November at 1pm at Galaxy Cinema
Friday 28 November at 10.30am at Zawya Cinema

71



Monday 24 November

1pm at Zawya Cinema
Dutch Shorts

Nine Dutch short films featured within a two hour program. Read more here.

Films also screening:
Wednesday 19 November at 10.30am at Zawya Cinema
Thursday 20 November at 1pm at Galaxy Cinema

Dutch Shorts



9.30pm at Zawya Cinema
The Dark Valley (Austria, Germany)


A stranger arrives in a European high mountain village where he is allowed to stay before the harsh winter. He introduces himself as a photographer from America, but nobody suspects that the foreigner is here to take revenge.

Director: Andreas Prochaska

Language:German

Subtitles: English



Awards & Screenings:

Austrian Submission – Academy Awards 2014

Silver LOLA for Best Film– German FilmAwards 2014

Best Director, Best Actor - Bavarian Film Awards 2014

Film also screening:
Thursday 20 November at 9.30pm at Zawya Cinema
Thursday 27 November at 10.30am at Galaxy Cinema

Dark Valley



Tuesday 25 November

3.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Unknown territory (Switzerland)


Students from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Serbia and Venezuela – Mr. Zingg's pupils have a long journey behind them, and an even longer one ahead: integrating into life in Basel, with a job. But as the end of their schooling nears, these young migrants have to ask themselves a harrowing question: is there a place at all for them in this country?

Director: Anna Thommen

Language: German, Farsi, Albanian

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:

Best Documentary, Special Mention – Max Ophüls Festival 2014

SOS-Kinderdörfer Award – Munich IFF 2014

Golden Eye – Zürich IFF 2013

Film also screening:
Thursday 20 November at 10am in Zawya Cinema
Saturday 29 November at 1pm in Zawya Cinema

Unknown Territory



9.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Hippocrates (France)


Benjamin is meant to be a great doctor, he’s sure of it. But his first experience as a junior doctor in the hospital ward where his father works doesn’t turn out the way he hoped it would. This internship will force Benjamin to confront his limits…and start his way to adulthood.


Director: Thomas Lilti

Language: French

Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:

Closing Film of the Critics’ Week – Cannes IFF 2014

Film also screening:
Thursday 20 November at 10.30am in Galaxy Cinema
Friday 21 November at 9.30pm in Zawya Cinema

Hippocrates



Wednesday 26 November

1pm at Galaxy Cinema
In Order of Disappearance (Norway, Denmark, Sweden)

Nils snow ploughs the wild winter mountains of Norway, and is recently awarded Citizen of the Year. When his son is murdered for something he did not do, Nils wants revenge and justice. His actions ignite a war between the vegan gangster the Count and the Serbian mafia boss Papa.


Director: Hans Peter Moland
Language: Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, Serbian, German

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Awards & Screenings:
Nominated for the Golden Bear – Berlin IFF 2014
Best International Film – Fantasia IFF 2014

Best Director and Best Actor – Austin Fantastic Fest 2014

Film also screening:
Thursday 27 November at 9.30pm at Zawya Cinema
Friday 28 November at 9.30pm at Galaxy Cinema

In order of Disappearance



6.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Maidan (Ukraine)

Chronicles the civil uprising against the regime of president Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev in the winter of 2013-14. The film follows the progress of the revolution: from peaceful rallies, half a million strong, in the Maidan square, to the bloody street battles between protestors and riot police. Maidan is a portrait of an awakening nation, rediscovering its identity.

Director: Sergeï Loznitsa

Language: Ukrainian
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:

Special Screening – Cannes IFF 2014

Film also screening:
Thursday 27 November at 3.30pm at Zawya Cinema (with Q&A with director)

Maidan



Thursday 27 November

3.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
The Gambler (Lithuania, Latvia)

Paramedic Vincentas is a passionate gambler, who is forced to make radical decisions to pay his debts. An idea strikes Vincentas to create an illegal game related to his profession. Love, life and death will be at stake.

Director: Ignas Jonynas

Language: Lithuanian
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:

Special Jury Award - Warsaw IFF 2013
Silver Dolphin for Best Script - FestroiaIFF 2014

Film also screening:
Wednesday 19 November at 1pm at Zawya Cinema
Sunday 23 November at 1pm at Zawya Cinema

The Gambler


9.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Salt of the Earth (France, 2014, Wim Wenders Retrospective)

Over the past 40 years, photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling around the world and has witnessed major events in recent history such as international conflicts, starvation and Exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories of wild fauna and flora as part of a huge photographic project to showcase planet’s beauty. Sebastião Salgado’s life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano and fellow photographer Wim Wenders who accompanied him on his trip.


Director: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Starring: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Language: French, Portuguese, English

Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
Special Jury Prize (Un Certain Regard), Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Special Mention) – Cannes IFF 2014

Audience Award – San Sebastian IFF 2014

Film also screening:
Friday 28 November at 1pm in Galaxy Cinema
Saturday 29 November at 6.30pm in Zawya Cinema

Salt of the Earth



Friday 28 November

Friday screenings moved to Sunday 30 November


3.30pm at Zawya Cinema including Q&A with Director
The Do Gooders (Palestine, United Kingdom)

A documentary that explores the impact of decades of foreign aid on Palestinians and asks whether the west's acts of altruism are in fact helping to maintain the injustices of the status quo.


Director: Chloe Ruthven

Language: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English

Awards & screenings:
Official selection – BFI London IFF 2013

Film also screening:
Thursday 27 November at 6.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Saturday 29 November at 10.30am at Zawya Cinema

Do Gooders



9.30pm  at Zawya Cinema
Tangerines (Estonia, Georgia)

In the 1990s, an Estonian village Abkhazia. As the war approaches, two villagers – Ivo and Markus – are the only ones who haven’t left. Markus wants to harvest his tangerine plantation, although Ivo is against cropping during wartime. After rescuing survivors, they must resolve their own war, happening under their roof with enemies from both sides.
 

Director: Zaza Urushadze

Language: Russian, Estonian
Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:

Estonian Entry – Academy Awards 2015
Best Director, Audience Award – Warsaw IFF 2013
Estonian Film Award, International Film Clubs Award – Tallinn Black Nights FF 2013

Film also screening:
Saturday 22 November at 1pm at Galaxy Cinema

Tangerines



Saturday 29 November

3.30pm at Zawya Cinema
Happy Anniversary / The Great Love


Happy Anniversary (“Heureux Anniversaire”)

A woman is preparing a romantic dinner for two for herself and her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Her husband is out running a series of errands, most of his stops are to pick up anniversary gifts for his wife. But the anti-anniversary Gods seem to be working against him as Paris traffic and other problems at each stop seem to be holding him up from getting in and out and to home on time for dinner.

Country: France
Year: 1962

Language: French

Subtitles: English
Director: Pierre Etaix

Starring: Pierre Etaix, Laurence Lignières 

Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 12 min

The Great Love (“Le Grand Amour”)

Pierre married Florence, the only daughter of a small industrialist. Fifteen years later, he is the boss, but his middle-class life worries him a lot. When a new young and lovely secretary comes, he starts dreaming.

Country: France

Year: 1969
Language: French

Subtitles: English

Director: Pierre Etaix

Starring: Pierre Etaix, Annie Fratellini, Nicole Calfan, Louis Maïs 

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Running Time: 85 min

Film also screening:
Friday 21 November at 1pm at Galaxy Cinema
Tuesday 25 November at 10.30am at Galaxy Cinema

Classics


6.30pm at Galaxy Cinema
Stockholm (Spain)

Everything happens in one single night. Any given night for him. But a key night for her. And even though they don't know it, after that only night they will be tied up forever.

Country: Spain

Year: 2013

Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Starring: Javier Pereira, Aura Garrido

Genre: Drama

Running time: 90min
Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Awards & Screenings:
Goya for Best New Actor –Goya Awards 2014

Best Director, Best Actress, Best New Screenwriter, Special Mention Critics Jury and Signis Prize for Best Picture - Malaga Spanish FF 2013
CEC Award for Best New Director, Best New Actor, Best Actress – Cinema Writers Circle Awards 2014

Film also screening:
Friday 28 November at 6.30pm at Zawya Cinema

Stockholm



9.30pm at Cinema Zawya and Cinema Galaxy
Audience Award at Cinema

Panorama re-screens the film that received the most number of votes from the audience as a closing to the program

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Galaxy Cinema
67 Abd El-Aziz Al-Saud Street, El Manial
Zawya Cinema (Odeon Cinema)
4 Abdel-Hamid Said Street, off Talaat Harb Street, Downtown

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